Now that the Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration has started to meet, you will likely start to hear more about topics such as pay-to-stay, cash bail reform and jail diversion programs. The purpose of the task force is to draft recommendations that will guide the Legislature as it looks for ways to make Michigan’s county jail system more just, effective and cost-efficient.
Our policy analyst, Josh Hoe, attended both meetings of the task force so far. He wrote about their activities in blog posts here and here. He also offered testimony at the second meeting on pay to stay policies, which require people in jail to pay for their own incarceration, and on bail reform.
Below is an infographic describing some of the factors that led to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s decision to create the Jail and Pretrial Incarceration task force. We will be keeping you updated on their meetings and the recommendations they develop.
~ by Barbara Wieland